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Where the Spirit of the Lord Is

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  Genesis 1:1-2 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.My husband and I walked our dogs by Grant Lake on the night of the blue moon.

As I followed Olive along the bank, Tim asked me something, but I couldn’t hear him. He pointed at the lake. When I turned toward the inlet, I saw a great blue heron resting and occasionally dipping his head into the water for a drink or for minnows. I watched, fascinated by this ominous bird. As darkness covered day, he blended in with the shadows.

Tim motioned me to where he stood. The moonlight cut in just enough so that the bird remained in view. As we watched, the great bird spread its wings, lifted off, and flew across the lake. The wingspan looked enormous as he drifted over the lake with power and grace.

Like a great blue heron, the Holy Spirit hovered over the water as God created the earth. He accompanied God, just as Jesus did from the beginning.

What a blessing to know God remains close to His people. He moves over the earth in Spirit and dwells in us. The Spirit lives with me every day. He nudges me into service, gives me direction, comforts me when I am down, and rejoices with me when I am blessed.

No matter what the day may bring, the Holy Spirit guides believers. He comforts, leads, and encourages.

Spend time reading the Bible to better understand the Spirit in your life. Pray and ask God to help you recognize the Spirit's voice and nudges.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Penny McGinnis

Penny Frost McGinnis writes devotions, book reviews, and thoughtful posts on her blog, Hope for Today's Heart, at www.pennyfrostmcginnis.com. Blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren, she and her husband live in southwest Ohio. Retired from working in libraries, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, writing, nature, and traveling to Lake Erie. She believes God has called her to bring hope and joy to people's lives through her writing.